Dec 24, 2012 1:05am EST
people of newtown, connecticut last. we, an unspeakable act of evil killed 20 children and six adults. changing our community forever. as a nation, we continue to stand by the people of newtown. i now yield to my friend, congressman andrews, for any comments he might have. >> good morning. thank you for continuing our gathering -- beginning a gathering with the proper memorial to those who suffered such a loss in connecticut and across the country. this is the committee on education and labor. the idea that such an act of pure unadulterated evil could take place in a school in this country is not something we can easily process. suffice it to say that there is unanimous feeling on this committee that our hearts and prayers go out to all those afflicted by this unspeakable loss. there is a higher purpose in life than politics. is loving children. and extending that love to those who suffered from this is something i am certain i will join you in with a heavy heart and strong conviction. >> on behalf of the committee, i ask that we honor members who died by serving a moment of silence.